Research Exchange Groups on Rural Health/ The rural tax

  • 15-Jun-2021
  • 7:00 PM (NDT)
  • Virtual

The Research Exchange Group on Rural Health facilitates networking amongst researchers, graduate students, and policy makers who are interested in this particular area of applied health research. The group meets monthly to exchange information and ideas about research projects and proposals, potential sources of funding, and opportunities for training and knowledge exchange. Although they are based in Newfoundland and Labrador, they welcome participants with an interest in #RuralMed from across Canada and globally.

Research Exchange Groups on Rural Health/ The rural tax: out-of-pocket costs for non-acute patient travel in British Columbia

June 15, 2021 | 7:00pm NST


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With Dr. Jude Kornelson, Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC, Co-Director, Centre for Rural Health Research

The need for rural patients to access specialist and procedural care outside of their home communities has increased in the past two decades, as health care delivery in most jurisdictions in Canada has gone through the process of regionalization, with health care planning and administration accountabilities distributed to varying types of regional authorities.This has led to the increased out of pocket costs to access health care, costs that are usually borne by patients and their families. This presentation will discuss retrospective survey data from rural BC to estimate and categorize rural patient travel costs across five domains: distance traveled and transportation costs, accommodation costs, co-traveler costs, lost wages, and patient stress. Findings will be considered ‘through a rural lens’, privileging citizen-patient experience and questions of proportionate equity in access to health care in Canada.


Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Putting Research in Place for Newfoundland & Labrador

Faculty of Medicine

Memorial University of Newfoundland
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